Motley’s search for water completed

Water from current well as good or better than found in test drills 

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Bolton & Menk Inc., consulting engineers from Mankato, told the Motley City Council Tuesday that seven test drills to find quality water in the city were completed.

Four of the seven sites produced inadequate water for the city’s needs.

The first boring, on County Line Road south of the railroad tracks,  and the second boring on Poplar Lane, either did not produce significant water or there was no formation found.

The third boring, drilled on the east end of the field west of the swamp, produced not enough water for a production well.

The fifth boring produced no significant water.

From the fourth well drilled on the west end of the field, the water quality was nearly identical to the current well. There was no major improvement to the water.

The sixth and seventh wells drilled had less manganese but more iron content than the current well.

Bolton & Menk representative John Graupman asked if there could possibly be better water within 1.5 miles of the current well and the answer was probably not.

The report given by Graupman said that none of the water samples would be considered improved enough to affect the recommended plant design.

Bruce Brotherton, representing the city’s maintenance department, said that the best scenario would be to use the current well.

The Council previously approved the concrete filter design for the new water treatment plant. With results from seven test wells in hand, Bolton & Menk asked the Council to vote on proceeding with project.

First, Bolton & Menk needs to finish the design of Motley’s plant which Graupman said would be completed in January 2014. He expects the work to begin in the spring of 2014 and the water treatment plant to be on line by March 2015.

“Then the city needs to advertise for contractor’s bids,” said Graupman. “But, before obtaining bids, the city needs to secure agreements with both Morey’s and Trident for their portion of the cost of the project.”

The cost of the water treatment plant project is estimated to be $4.715 million. At the August Council meeting, it was determined that Morey’s and Trident would pay a portion of the assessment according to their water usage. Morey’s share is expected to be $1.179 million, Trident’s about $2.499 million and the city’s about $1.037 million from the tax base.

Motley City Council briefs 

Other business conducted by the Motley City Council Tuesday night included:

• Passing a resolution to certify $2,670.29 of unpaid utility bills to the county auditor to be added to individual property tax assessments;

• Voting to hire Region 5 for the city’s comprehensive planning representative at a cost of $570 per month;

• Voting to send a cost estimate of unfinished work to a bonding agency for the work Kuechle Underground Inc. has not completed on the 2011 street improvement project. Aric Welch of Widseth Smith Nolting Engineers told the Council the city should use the 10 percent contingency money it held back from Kuechle’s bill to pay for the work necessary.

“This may spur some action from Kuechle,” said Welch;

• Learning all the city’s Christmas lights should be changed to LED lights this year. They will be up and running by Thanksgiving eve;

• Voting to accept the new fee schedule for 2014. Copies are available at City Hall;

• Accepting a donation from the Motley Lions Club for Christmas lights, valued at $312.53, and five picnic tables, valued at $933.51; and

• Voting to not accept the statutory tort limits, ensuring any one person would be able to recover no more than $500,000 in liabilities against the city.

The next City Council meeting will be held at the Motley City Hall Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m.